A message from the Arizona Technology Council and its partners
It’s a commonly heard complaint among Arizona high-technology employers: we can’t find enough right-skilled workers to meet our needs. Yet the state’s educational institutions and training agencies say they produce lots of that talent.
Getting to the bottom of that discrepancy – and really understanding whether there is a gap between demand for and supply of technology workers in Arizona – is the aim behind a comprehensive study that the Arizona Technology Council and its partners have commissioned.
The heart of our Technology Workforce Study is a survey of Arizona high-technology firms like yours. You know as well as anyone the value of an accurate picture of the supply and demand for technology workers in Arizona.
The questions that we ask in the survey are for specific high-technology occupations. We’re not looking for HR records, but rather for the experiences and perceptions of hiring managers. To that end, the survey is best completed by the people in your company who manage technology workers.
So please take a few minutes to list the facilities (or departments) at your firm that employ technology workers in Computer Science, Engineering, and Science: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WLVNZ77
The questionnaire http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/WLVNZ77 will walk you through the process. We will then contact those facility (department) managers directly to complete our Arizona Technology Workforce Survey.
Thank you for doing your part to help us get to the bottom of this critical issue.
Q: What kind of questions are in the survey?
A: The information we’re going to ask for in this survey includes: a profile of your technology workers, including employment counts by occupation and a breakdown of these employees by educational attainment; information on your hiring experiences over the past ten years, including the percent hired that were recent graduates, the percent that came from out of state, and the percent of recent graduates with a degree from an Arizona institution; and general experience with new hires from Arizona institutions; experiences with out-of-state recruiting.
The questions that we ask in the survey are for specific high-technology occupations; we’re not looking for HR records, but rather for the experiences and perceptions of hiring managers. To that end, the survey is best completed by department-level or facility-level managers.
Q: Will my company information be published?
A: The information you provide will be kept strictly confidential by the study team at the Seidman Research Institute at Arizona State University. Aggregated information from all ~300 companies will be published in the final report, but no information will be published that would identify yours or any other individual company.